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FROM DESIGN TO PRODUCTION: The Magic Behind DIY + Industry Apparel & Bags (Day 2 of 2)

  • THE PATTERN HOUSE North Williams Avenue Portland, OR United States (map)


The Magic Behind DIY + Industry Apparel & Bags

(Day 2 of 2)

Are you wondering what goes into producing your designs? Let us help you solve the mystery. In this two day workshop series we will go over the ins and outs of turning your design idea into a finished product. We will cover the basics – If you are a DIY design/maker or are working with a professional patternmaker and production house - we got you covered.


TALKING SHOP: Concept, Process, and Mood Board

Get an intro to design/cut/sew in-house production process of apparel and bags, as well as designing for off-site production. In this four hour workshop we’ll dive into design processes including conception, sampling, and production. Using finished goods as examples, we will share our patterns, sketches, mood boards and illustrator tech drawings with you. This information will be used as a jumping off point for you to work out your own production plan. During this workshop we will also create individual mood boards to use as an essential tool that inspires, focuses, and guides your collection.

What To Expect:

- Learn what steps to take your designs through to get them produced

- Create a mood board for your designs

- Make a production plan for your designs

- The process of sourcing materials

- Considerations for scaling

- A demonstration of basic pattern drafting for apparel and bags


PATTERN MAGIC: Working With A Patternmaker + Industry Standards


Do you have a working pattern or even just an idea that you can’t wait to produce and show the world?! Are you bewildered by industry lingo? Do you wish you could hire a patternmaker but are overwhelmed by the information they need to produce a successful sample for you? On the second day of this design-to-production workshop we begin to unveil the mystery behind production packets and patternmaking!

In this four-hour workshop of pattern production talk, you will get to build on the mood board you created in day one. You’ve had the chance to visualize your ideal garment, now we get to talk all about next steps in the production process!

You Will Learn:

- How fashion sketches & illustrations fit into the process

- Concept details such as materials, trims & closures

- Tips on sourcing your materials

- What the sample sizing for your target audience is

- What a patternmaker does / the designer-patternmaker relationship

- About fit models

Pattern play

You will also have the opportunity to explore the art of patternmaking with alteration exercises and see what flat pattern pieces from a sewn-up completed garment look like on their own!

Lastly, we will put all of this new information together into acomprehensive pre-production check-list that you can take home with you, which will give you the best chance possible for interviewing and being hired by production houses. At the end of our playtime together, you will know so much more about the production industry and will have much more confidence to move your idea forward. SO. MUCH. YAY.


Dustin Klein of Cadence Collection, a men’s lifestyle cycling clothing company.

Heather Treadway of HT,  HT + RP, and Canter. Three ready-to-wear fashion lines.

Ellie Lum of RE Load Bags, an outdoor bag company rooted in cycling culture.

Sara Moskovitz of The Pattern House, an apparel patternmaking workshop space.

Workshop Fee: $120